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The intention of this project is to demonstrate the function of production planning in a non - artificial environment Through this simulation we are able to forecast with a degree of certainty the monthly requirements for end products subassemblies parts and raw materials We are supplied with information that we are to base our decisions on The manufacturer depicted in this simulation was actually a General Electric facility that produced black and white television sets Syracuse New York Unfortunately this plant is no longer operational it was closed down and the equipment was shipped off to China One can only wonder if the plant manager would have taken Professor Moilys class in production management the plant still might be running Modern production management or operation management OM systems first came to prominence in the early half of the twentieth century Frederick W Taylor is considered the father of operations management and is credited in the development of the following principles a Scientific laws govern how much a worker can produce in a day b It is the function of management to discover and use these laws in operation of productive systems c It is the function of the worker to carry out managements wishes without question Many of todays methods of operation management have elements of the above stated principles For example part of Material Requirement Planning system MRP is learning how workers to hire fire or lay idle This is because it we realize the a worker can only produce so many widgets a day can work so many hours a day and so many days a year I will disagree with principle c in that the worker should blindly carry out the wishes of management Successful operations are based upon a two-way flow of thought and suggestions from management to labor This two-way flow of ideas is incorporated into another modern system
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